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US Air Force awards Northrop Grumman Joint Threat Emitter delivery order

21 May 2019
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Northrop Grumman's Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) is a mobile air defence electronic warfare (EW) threat simulator for aircrew training. Source: Northrop Grumman

Key Points

  • The US Air Force awarded Northrop Grumman a delivery order for additional JTE units
  • This includes delivery of eight wideband variants, which simulate a greater set of threats than the baseline version

The US Air Force (USAF) in May awarded Northrop Grumman a USD46 million delivery order for eight Joint Threat Emitter (JTE) units, according to a company statement.

The order is part of a USD450 million indefinite delivery/indefinite quantity (ID/IQ) JTE enhanced delivery initiative contract awarded by the USAF in December 2018. The May award includes the delivery of eight wideband variants, as well as retrofit kits for some existing systems.

Joe Downie, Northrop Grumman director for land and avionics command and control, intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (C4ISR), said on 20 May that the wideband system includes a greater set of threats. The original system, known as Block Zero, allowed for simulation of a specific set of threats, he said. Northrop Grumman did not return a request for comment as to these threats.

JTE is a mobile air defence electronic warfare (EW) threat simulator that provides high-fidelity replication of surface-to-air (SAM) missiles and anti-aircraft artillery threats for aircrew training. Deliveries are slated for US training ranges across the country and select international locations.

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